Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he’s always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.


Recent Articles
  • Update: See how an Ardmore teacher spent her $319 prize winnings!

    ARDMORE, Ala. - We have an exciting update to share with you. One of our Tools for Teachers prize winners recently sent us a picture with some smiling faces! We learned what Mrs. Amy Cotten did with her Tools for Teachers prize money.

  • What To Expect: Heavy Storms Move Through Today

        The Storm Prediction Center has shifted the risk for severe weather through the afternoon, south of the Tennessee Valley. What does this mean for us? The severe risk is very low, but heavy rain and winds up to 30-40 mph will still be possible with storms moving through. There is a minor concern of flash flooding as the main line moves through as well. We could see a quick inch of rain over a short amount of time today. The […]

  • Welcome to Meteorological Spring!

    March 1st was the start of meteorological spring! The equinox isn’t until March 20th, but it’s easier for meteorologists to refer to seasons in terms of cooler/warmer months. That means meteorological winter has ended and we can officially say that it was the warmest on record. Huntsville’s average temperature, including both highs and lows, from December 1st-February 28th came in at 50.5 degrees. In this year’s case, the heat was likely reinforced by the drought the Tennessee Valley has been struggling with […]

  • BLOG: Storms with heavy rain, hail exit the Valley

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The risk of severe storms has ended in the Tennessee Valley. The National Weather Service has expired the tornado watch which had been in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday. This is an archived live blog. Updates from our team appear below in the order they occurred.

  • Mrs. Amy Cotten in Ardmore really makes a difference in her kids’ lives

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – There are some happy folks at Cedar Hill Elementary in Ardmore. Amy Cotten teaches third grade there and won our Tools For Teachers Award! Principal Glen Garner says Cotten fits the criteria of an outstanding teacher to a “T.” “The first one here and the last one to leave. She does a great job. She works to unlock the potential in each student.” “We have a guiding principle at Limestone County Schools that we do best for […]

  • Wet weather returns this week

    An unsettled weather pattern sets up this week, keeping rain chances in the forecast through Wednesday night. Our storm track will send a few waves of rain our way, the first on Monday morning. Scattered rain is most likely from 7am-11am, right around the morning commute time. The added cloud cover and early day rain will keep temperatures on the cool side Monday with highs making it into the mid to upper 50s. By Tuesday a warm front will lift north […]

  • Lots of love and compassion describes this week’s Tools For Teachers winner

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – We headed to Trinity to award this week’s Tools For Teachers winner. Cindy Kelso has been teaching second and third grade students at East Lawrence Elementary for more than two decades. Principal Jean Howard says Mrs. Kelso puts her students first. “She is very dedicated to her students and it’s not just their academic level, it’s the whole character building of the student. She treats her students with so much love and compassion and that love and respect is […]

  • Record high temperatures possible again this week

    We’re already on track for the warmest winter on record this season, with an average temperature of 49.4 so far. Huntsville has tied three high temperature records since December (December 25th, January 14th, and February 12th). The warm trend will stick with us for the week ahead too. With the jet stream positioning itself well to the north of Alabama, warm air will be able to settle in for a while. Record highs this time of year are generally in the mid to […]

  • Scottsboro teacher surprised to take home $319

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – Lori Yates won this week’s Tools For Teachers Award. She teaches 8th grade English at Scottsboro Junior High School in Jackson County. Principal Jason Hass says a strong work ethic and a love for her students make this teacher stand out. “She cares deeply about these kids and she pours everything she has into it her heart and soul,” said Haas. Mrs. Yates was excited to win!  “Awesome. Thank you! I appreciate it very much! ” Her […]

  • Cold front brings cooler weather back this week

    Our weather pattern this weekend was warm and humid, but that’s about to change. Sunday will start off similar to Saturday: a southwest wind will keep a steady flow of warm moist air coming into Alabama. Temperatures will start in the 60s, and with plenty of moisture we’ll have a few showers around too. Temperatures will be quick to warm up again Sunday, pushing to near 70 by noontime. As a cold front moves in, that will enhance our rain chances, but […]

  • Colder Temperatures This Morning

        We are in the 30s this morning with wind chills much colder. We were in the upper 50s to lower 60s this time yesterday.     Expect a cold afternoon with highs in the middle 40s today. With winds still up later on, wind chills stay in the middle to upper 30s even this afternoon.   Cold air won’t last much longer, we warm into the middle 60s to near 70 over the weekend.

  • Enthusiasm, energy, and fun describe this week’s Tools For Teachers winner

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL – After spending time at Forest Hills Elementary, we think everyone would love to have Mrs. Rebecca Sullivan as their teacher. Mrs. Sullivan teaches first grade. And it turns out, she credits one of her own childhood teachers for inspiring her love of learning. “This goes all the way back to Mrs. Sibly. I know some of my peers didn’t know what they wanted to be when they grew up and I always knew I wanted to […]